DULUTH, Ga. — The Korean United Methodist Church of Atlanta will be the site of an ecumenical Korea peace conference Wednesday, May 15, to Friday, May 17. Purpose of the conference is to build an ecumenical coalition to advocate for officially ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice with a peace treaty.
Theme of the event is “Embrace Peace, Pursue It: From Armistice to Just Peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
Keynote and plenary speakers will be the following:
- The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori, presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church USA
- The Rev. Dr. Syngman Rhee, former president, National Council of Churches USA and a former moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA
- The Rev. Dr. Jaejung Lee, professor at the Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, and a former minister of the Ministry of Unification
- Dr. Christine Ahn: executive director, Korea Policy Institute.
July marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice of 1953. Since then, North Korea and the United States technically have been in a state of war, a war that claimed more than three million lives.
The conference’s sponsors believe a peace treaty could establish a path toward permanent peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula. They assert it is time for Christians in the two Koreas and around the world to renew a divine call to be peacemakers. Sponsoring organizations are the United Methodist Korean American National Assn. Committee on Korean Reunification & Reconciliation; General Board of Global Ministries; United Methodist Women; United Methodist Korean Ministry Plan; and the National Council of Churches, Korea. Workshop themes are the following:
- Building a Case for Peace Treaty: Steps for Advocacy
- Women & Militarism
- Humanitarian Mission & Building Solidarity in North Korea
- The suffering of North Korean defectors and their survival in the South Korean society and church
- Nuclear Armament & Peace in the Korean Peninsula
For more information, including registration details, contact: the Rev. Jong Sung Kim via email or by phone at (212) 870-3955.